Archery tournament to honor young Meade County shooting victim

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---On the arm of Samantha Weick, is a bracelet to remember her 13-year-old cousin, Tucker Wimpee. It reads ‘In death a hero as in life a friend'.

"Mine hasn't came off since the day they gave it to me," says Samantha Weick.

It's one of many ways that Meade County residents are remembering the teen.

Tucker, along with his mother, Ellen Cain, were shot to death last Friday- police say by Cain's boyfriend, Warren Earle Tripp.

Residents have pulled together to support Tucker's dad, Meade County Deputy Phillip Wimpee.

The family didn't have life insurance, so he paid for all funeral expenses for his son and ex-wife.

At Stuart Pepper Middle School where Tucker went to school, his teachers and classmates are doing so much to remember him. So far, they have raised $1,500 to give to his family.

Signs and decorations at the school are filled with comments like ‘We miss you'.

A recent poem from Tucker mentions he inherited his strength from his dad.

"They knew that Tucker was loved, but they never actually knew how much support the community was going to give them," says Samantha Weick.

This weekend, money will be raised at an archery tournament and raffle in Meade County.

The teen was part of his school's archery team.

"I'm pretty sure the middle school was his opportunity to be on the team and everyone says he lived for archery. He wanted to be at practice. He loved doing it," says Samantha Weick.

"And it also shows support for one of our shooters who doesn't have a chance to shoot now," says Keith Swanson, Archery Booster President.

There are also sign-ups underway for archery shirts that say ‘On Target for Tucker'.

"The more shirts we can sell, all the profit will go to the family," says Keith Swanson.  

It's the least they say they can do for a family that has gone through so much, and for a young teenager that had a lasting impact on Meade County.

"He changed the community with his presence, and I'm hoping that somewhere he's looking down with a smile on his face, because he's really caused a lot of positive change in this building and community," says Chad Butler, Principal of Stuart Pepper Middle School.

The archery tournament will be held this Saturday at  Flaherty Elementary School  in Meade County. It runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, and a moment of silence will be held at the end of the night to remember Tucker.

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